July 10, 2024

Participation in a Panel Discussion of the UNECE

Presentation at a UNECE Panel Discussion in Geneva on Transformative Innovations for Climate Protection in Aviation
Dr. Florian Linke, Acting Director of the DLR Institute of Air Transport, participated on 25 June 2024 on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in a panel discussion on "Transformative Innovation Policies – Challenges and Prospects" organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The focus was on the challenges and prospects concerning the transformation needed to achieve climate goals.
  • Panel discussion on climate-compatible innovations in aviation
  • Exchange on measures to accelerate the transformation

Transformative Innovation Policies for Climate Protection

On 25 June 2024, Dr. Florian Linke, Acting Director of the DLR Institute of Air Transport, participated in a panel during the "17th Session of the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships" of the UNECE in Geneva, Switzerland. The panel’s topic was transformative innovation policies for climate protection.

The contribution highlighted the specific challenges aviation faces compared to other modes of transport in addressing climate change. Aviation is highly globalised, requiring international cooperation and uniform measures to effectively contribute to climate protection.

Implementation of Climate-Compatible Technologies

Another focus of the discussion was the role of policy in accelerating the implementation of climate-compatible technologies. The DLR’s contribution emphasised the necessity of coordinated international measures and political support to advance the transformation of aviation. Isolated measures by individual regions would not suffice; global cooperation is essential.

DLR Research on Climate-Compatible Aviation

During the panel, Dr. Linke discussed various DLR research projects aimed at making aviation climate-compatible. These projects include the development of new propulsion technologies and their integration into aircraft design (EXACT project), the use of sustainable fuels, and the optimisation of flight routes to avoid contrails.


The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was founded in 1947 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. Its main objective is to promote economic integration in the pan-European region. The UNECE comprises 56 member states from Europe, North America, and Asia. It works on a variety of topics, including sustainable transport, environment, trade, and economic cooperation, to foster development and collaboration among member states.


Dr. Florian Linke

Acting Institute Director
DLR - Institute of Air Transport
Blohmstraße 20, 21079 Hamburg

Franziska Bietke

Communication Manager
DLR - Institute of Air Transport
Blohmstraße 20, 21079 Hamburg
Tel: +49 40 2489641-209